WRTV Channel 6, Indianapolis IN
Final Analog Sign-off
Friday, 12 June 2009

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The oldest TV station in Indiana pulls the plug on its 60 years of analog telecasting at 8:00 AM Central Time with this piece, contributed by Ava Nieves of INNewsCenter.net. After a promo for WRTV 6's noon news comes an announcement about the analog shutdown and informing viewers to go out and get those DVT converter boxes, if they havent' done so already. This is followed by a historical montage of Channel 6 personalities and programming. There's several seconds of a film called Crucible of Speed, a 1949 documentary of the history of the Indianapolis 500 auto race produced by the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company. This film was the very first program aired by Channel 6 when it signed on 30 May 1949 as WFBM-TV (it became WRTV in 1972 when the present owner, McGraw-Hill, purchased it. The sign-off concludes with the 1988 Sandi Patti SSB video and thirty seconds of the B&W WRTV test pattern before the jiuce is cut off for good. This clip was obviously airchecked from a considerable distance from the station, judging from the fuzziness of the reception.

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